The preparation for the annual Ukrainian-American Sea Breeze-2019 drills has begun in Kyiv. The training will prepare the Ukrainian soldiers and will increase the level of the management of the armed forces to the NATO standards. Oleksiy Neizhpala, the Director of the drills from the Ukrainian side and Rear Admiral, made such statement as Defense Ministry of Ukraine reported.
“This year Sea Breeze-2019 drills are important as never before. We are working on the result: it is readiness for the management of the forces according to the NATO standards, achievement of the convergence of the detachments and ships,” Neizhpala said.
Besides, he pointed out that “Sea Breeze-2019” can become a tool of stability and safety in the Black Sea.
It is known that the members of NATO and countries, which joined NATO program “Partnership for peace” participate in “Sea Breeze-2019” drills.
Earlier President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko claimed that he is going to increase contingent of the members of the drills and extend the regions, where they are held.
On January 29, President Petro Poroshenko has ratified the plan of conducting international military drills in 2018, as well as approved the admission of the foreign military for participation in the drills on the territory of Ukraine. It was planned to hold five drills with the participation of foreign troops in Ukraine in 2018.
As it was reported earlier, the Black Sea waters hosted a joint exercise of the NATO combat vessels and Ukrainian Navy ships. On July 23, six Alliance vessels, including frigates and minesweepers reached the seaport of Odesa, southern Ukraine. The maneuvers began on July 26. Boudewijn Boots, the Commander of Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 said that this visit – the third one since the annexation of Crimea by Russia – clearly shows the Alliance’s support of Ukraine.
Sea Breeze 2018 drills kicked off in Odesa on July 9. The exercises involved 30 vessels from naval forces of 19 countries, including a Turkish submarine. An important feature of the exercise was that the multinational staff was coordinating the actions of naval, air, and ground forces from USS Mount Whitney, the flagship of the 6th U.S. Navy Fleet.